Wednesday, May 18

Recipe: Make Ahead No Mayo Tuna Sandwiches with Marinated Artichoke Hearts, Lemon, and Fresh Basil

Make Ahead Lemony Tuna and Artichoke Pressed Picnic Sandwiches with Fresh Basil (recipe here)

These Lemony Tuna and Artichoke Pressed Baguette Sandwiches are perfect for summer—and they aren't just for picnics. Tuna and olive oil are combined with marinated artichoke hearts, lemon, and fresh basil on crusty baguettes (homemade perhaps?) for a flavorful tuna sandwich made without mayonnaise.

They travel well, taste delicious, and can be made several hours ahead. I even like them the next day, when the lemon flavor is more pronounced. They're perfect for toting on picnics or hikes, to work, or just out to the backyard. You can pack them in the bottom of the cooler so that the weight of the other contents compresses the sandwiches and allows the juices to soak into the bread, or simply set them on the counter for about 30 minutes with a cast iron skillet on top.

They're also the perfect way to celebrate the first homegrown basil of the season, especially if it's just a little harvest. Enjoy!

©, the sandwich happy foodie farm blog where somebody just realized she still hasn't seeded any basil for the kitchen garden. Oops.